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Mississippi abortion clinic challenges new law in court

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June 29, 2012

Mississippi

By: Stephan Burklin
JACKSON, Mississippi:

A national organization has sued state officials over regulations it claims will force the state's sole abortion clinic to shut down and "effectively ban abortion" in the state.[1]

The Center for Reproductive Rights based in New York filed suit in U. S. District Court on behalf of the Jackson Women's Health Organization and physician Willie Parker and his patients to keep the clinic's doors open.[2]

The clinic said in its complaint that newly issued regulations violate women’s constitutional right to an abortion.[1]

According to Bloomberg Business Week, the clinic said, "The department’s actions jeopardize patient health, because they will effectively ban abortion in the state of Mississippi, leaving women with nowhere to turn in Mississippi."[1]

If the clinic were to shut down, Mississippi would become the only state without a dedicated facility for abortions.[2]

According to WSFA News Channel 12, attorneys for the Center for Reproductive Rights say the Jackson facility is safe and in compliance with current regulations: "This law is clearly unconstitutional...We've made a request that the judge restrain the state from enforcing the law as of Monday so that the clinic can stay open," said Center for Reproductive Rights Litigation Director Julie Rikelman.[2]

According to Bloomberg Business Week, a Mississippi Health Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit.[1]

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